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Protecting children and babies in the human world is of the utmost importance. Far and wide, adults will go to great lengths to protect a child from harm. The internet is filled with excellent instances where adults have put themselves in harm’s way to protect children they don’t even know from harmful circumstances.
However, this is not the case in the wild animal kingdom. Sadly, young ones are seen as the most accessible opportunity for a quick meal. While it does seem cruel to think of a defenseless baby in the wild being chased down and eaten, this is the way of the wild. Don’t miss the video just above.
Baby Elephant Take Down in Africa
The YouTube video at the top of this blog post takes us to Africa. The Incredible Wild Animal Sightings YouTube page shared this video almost two weeks ago. In the video, this group describes how the lions got this baby away from his mother. And for a baby to be cut off from their mother is sadly a death sentence in the wild.
As the video starts, we see a baby elephant running for its life as fast as its little legs can carry it. Even though this elephant is more significant than these lions, don’t let their size fool you. This elephant is but a young baby.
Despite being a baby, we can see how difficult of a time these lions are having in trying to take it down.
According to Seaworld, a baby elephant calf is typically about three feet tall and weighs about 264 pounds at birth. However, a newborn African elephant may weigh as much as 100 pounds more! So, given that most female lions weigh approximately 250 pounds, this baby elephant would have had 100 pounds, if not more, on them.
At What Age Do Elephants Become Independent?
We label humans as being independent by the age of 18 years old. However, the animal kingdom is quite different when it comes to age. The ability to be independent and mature enough to survive without parents is often at a very young age.
Elephants start to show signs of independence at around five years of age. However, the age of sexual maturity is 12 to 14, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Unlike many animals in the wild that don’t have a long lifespan, the elephant can live upwards of 70 years in many instances. However, sadly, the tragic part of life is the death of a young animal before it even has the chance to live, as seen in the video at the top.
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